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Students' rotting teeth show 'inequality of health'
Toronto Star
A painful measure of inequality exists among students in nearly half of this city's elementary schools, new data obtained by the Toronto Star shows. Toronto Public Health hygienists looked inside the mouths of nearly 220,000 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8 last year as part of an annual free dental health screening program in schools. In the process, 44 per cent of schools were designated "high risk" based on the rotting condition of children's teeth. "Sometimes the children have been complaining of pain, sometimes they haven't been because they've been living with the pain so long they can't tell otherwise," said Dr. Michele Wong, a manager of dental and oral health services for Toronto Public Health.
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Dentist visits too infrequent for Canadian preschoolers
CBC News
Less than one per cent of healthy children receive dental care as recommended by 12 months of age. That can have painful, costly and preventable repercussions later in childhood, a new Canadian study finds. The Canadian Dental Association recommends that children see a dentist within six months of their first baby tooth appearing or by age one, whichever comes first. Monday's study in the journal Pediatrics showed less than two per cent of children had seen a dentist by 24 months.
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Investigation of UBC dentistry program's financials turned over to RCMP
Vancouver Sun
University of B.C. auditors have uncovered possible financial irregularities involving the management of a $3-million-a-year dentistry program, and the matter has now been referred to the RCMP. The program, General Practice Residency (GPR), gives extra experience to dental graduates in clinics mainly in British Columbia, and its annual funding of $3 million comes mostly from the provincial government.
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Classification of dental lab equipments according to their use
Web Dental
With a considerable growth observed in the overall healthcare industry, there is also an increase in the number of dental clinics across the world. These clinics need different categories of Dental Lab Equipments that will help them perform their duty with ease. These equipments are categorized depending on the task they are used for. Let us go, through each of these categories to know what are the exact requirements that would be required in a dental clinic.
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7 signs your dental practice is busy, but not productive
Dentistry IQ
So what's your definition of "busy?" A patient reception area that's full to the brim? A schedule that has you and your energized staff doing hallway sprints from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.? A day that keeps you and your team at the top of your game and on track with your goals? The definition of "busy" means different things to different people. For some it's synonymous with stress. For others it means excitement and challenge. Then there are those who see busy as the precise balance between a fully engaged team and profitable practice. They, however, are the exception.
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Educational debt and intended employment choice among dental school seniors
Medical News Today
Authors examine the association between dental school debt and career choices in the article, "Educational Debt and Intended Employment Choice Among Dental School Seniors." Research revealed that dental graduates with high educational debt are more likely to pursue private practice, but noted that debt didn't play as big a role as originally thought.
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8 causes for tooth decay
Web Dental
Tooth decay is a serious problem and some of us don't realize that there are solutions out there that will help prevent tooth decay. Sometimes tooth decay pain can be so bad that it's difficult to work or do your daily routine chores. Here are some causes for tooth decay, which one can know and prevent from happening:

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The worst things you're doing to your teeth
Yahoo
Your teeth aren't only responsible for helping you eat, but also in displaying emotions and in speech. You only get one set of permanent teeth, and it's important to take care of them — after all, good oral health is linked to your overall health

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Oral health: The gateway to your overall health
News Medical
If the eyes are the windows to your soul, then your mouth is the gateway to your overall health. Research has found a surprising number of links between the state of your oral health and your overall health. Be on the lookout for these warning signs provided.

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What should you do when a patient is fearful?
Modern Practice
Fear and dentistry seem to go hand in hand. Whether the fear comes from childhood experiences or is solely psychological, fear is a real thing that patients often bring with them to their appointments. Here's what most dentists and their teams fail to remember: people have two biological, automatic reactions when dealing with fear, FLIGHT or FIGHT.
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Thursday Troubleshooter: How can front office convince dentist to bring in outside/expert help?
Dentistry IQ
How do I convince the dentist I work for to outsource things that I feel are very important to our marketing, and will make my job easier? I'm the office manager and lone front desk person in a start-up office, and I'm feeling overwhelmed. I know there are programs that will auto-confirm patients, handle claims, creating a website, handle Facebook, and more. I know we're on a tight budget, but at the same time I know these programs will help us get more patients, as well as help my sanity!
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New easier to harden dental filling material makes dental treatment faster and easier
Medical News Today
In modern dentistry, amalgam fillings have become unpopular. Instead, white composite materials are more commonly used, which at first glance can hardly be distinguished from the tooth. The majority of these composites are based on photoactive materials that harden when they are exposed to light. But as the light does not penetrate very deeply into the material, the patients often have to endure a cumbersome procedure in which the fillings are applied and hardened in several steps. The Vienna University of Technology in collaboration with the company Ivoclar Vivadent have now developed a new generation of photoactive materials based on the element Germanium. Simply put, improved photoreactivity is good news for everyone who wants to spend as little time as possible in the dental chair.
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Gagging and its associations with dental care: Related fear, fear of pain and beliefs about treatment
Medical News Today
The authors of "Gagging and Its Associations With Dental Care - Related Fear, Fear of Pain and Beliefs About Treatment" surveyed participants and concluded that patients who have a higher frequency of gagging problems during a dental visit are more likely to experience higher levels of dental care-related fear and fear of pain, as well as to have more negative beliefs about dental professionals and dental treatment.
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